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Accepted File Types

TCA Gaphics.com prints your print files at the highest resolutions possible, because of this, Vector Based .PDF design files are recommend. Most Major Design applications can generate a print ready PDF, by using the Save As Feature and selecting"Adobe PDF" in the Save Type. If you are unable to obtain PDF files for your design, the next best files are those in .EPS or .AI (in version 10 or higher) with all text converted to outlines. We can also print high resolution .TIF, and .JPG formats, but please be aware that using low resolution JPEG's (nothing less than 200dpi at full size) could cause quality issues. Do not use images from the Internet.  These are poor quality and will print poorly.


Image Upload

When uploading an image or photo, it is important to remember that the higher the quality of the image, the better it is going to look when printed. Some images of low quality may look blurry or pixilated, depending on the dimensions of your signage. When looking at an image, and trying to decide if it is high resolution, zoom in to 100-200%. This will give you an idea of what the image will look like when printed to fit your sign size.


Image Positioning

Please position all images to your liking as we will print your design(s) as is.

Cropping Image/Altering Background, Transparency

If your image needs to be cropped or has a background that needs to be removed, please state this in the additional comments section, and we will have a designer send a proof. If part of your logo or image is transparent, please save the file as one of the following vector formats before you upload to design system: EPS, PDF, or AI, For other file types, like PNG, TIF or JPG, we can make the logo or image transparent and send you a proof for an additional fee.


Bleed

All files need to be built to the final trim size plus bleed. Your file should be 0..75" each side larger than the product size that you are purchasing.

Example:

For Banners, a 0.75” bleed should be added to each side of your design. For instance, a 36”x72” design should amount to 37.5”x73.5” dimension with bleed.


Crop Marks

When generating the file in the proper format, DO NOT use any crop or printer's marks; this will increase the dimensions of the design file.

Fonts/Text

Please convert all text to curves before saving and uploading artwork.


Resolution

We recommend that all images used are at least 300dpi. Submitting files with a lower resolution than 300dpi can make the image appear pixilated and blurry, when looked at closely. It is acceptable to use lower resolution images on large signs as most will be viewed from a distance, just be aware that close up they will appear pixilated.


Color

We print in four color CMYK. We recommend that all submitted files be saved in CMYK to ensure color accuracy. ALL submitted RGB files will be converted to CMYK before printing. Please keep this in mind when submitting files for print as color tone shifting may happen if file is submitted in RGB.


Is my image acceptable

When uploading an image or photo, it is important to remember that the higher the quality of the image, the better it is going to look when printed. Some images of low quality may look blurry or pixilated, depending on the dimensions of your signage. When looking at an image, and trying to decide if it is high resolution, zoom in to 100-200%. This will give you an idea of what the image will look like when blown up.